Ive never liked the Meriva either, and I loved my Corsa C which everyone knows the Meriva is basically. I have no idea of the point of them either except for folk who wanted a Corsa which rode high up, other than that its no more spacious really, horribly designed, ugly shape, interior is horrible, it was basically a biscuit arsed attempt at a small MPV on as cheap a budget as possible, and it shows.
I cant even say the newer one is any better, its much the same except with Astra J switchgear, even the struts and stuff on them are half arsed, where they run Astra H hubs and so on whereas the rest of the newly introduced Vauxhall range at the time was running different stud patterns etc. the Meriva was just a rob the parts bin special.
Utterly hateful things, they surely must be up there with Sintras and Agilas as not Vauxhalls finest hour in recent times. Strange thing is Corsa Cs arent bad wee cars, they do the job they were designed for quite effectively, and so you think "a small MPV based on this, that surely wouldnt be too bad" and it catches you offguard, you are never prepared for how mind numbingly, boring and depressing these heaps are.
Previous Car History:
97 R Vauxhall Astra 1.6 LS
02 51 Peugeot 206 1.4 LX
04 04 Renault Clio 1.2 Dynamique
98 S Hyundai Accent 1.3 Si Coupe
05 55 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 SXi
02 52 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 Comfort
97 P Volkswagen Golf 1.4 SE
05 05 Vauxhall Astra 1.8 Design
09 59 Renault Clio 1.2 Dynamique
15 15 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 SRi
09 09 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 CR TDi Sport 140bhp (Current)